Following the news that the latest iOS update can break phones with non-official replacement screens, repairers are encountering a different, more subtle problem: If you put a genuine Apple replacement display into an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, it'll no longer be able to adjust its brightness automatically. If Apple or one of its authorized partners were to put the same display in the same phone, though? The aftermarket repair community has verified the behavior in phones from the US all the way to Australia. It's confirmed to be an issue with phones running iOS 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3, which led sources to suggest it's been a problem since the launch of the latest batch of iPhones last fall. I was able to confirm that even swapping the displays of two brand-new iPhones causes the ambient light sensor to stop working, despite it not being altered or touched in any way.
So you have your home all decked out with some sweet smart lights that you can control with your phone. True convenience is when your lights turn on exactly when you need them to, without you even lifting a finger. And Philips' new motion sensor can help you achieve that. The 40 device will be available in October, and after my brief preview of the Philips Hue motion sensor, I can't wait till I can get one. "There are moments when you just want things to happen," said Todd Manegold, leader of Philips Lighting's connected home arm, as his team showed me around a hotel suite they had set up with the full Hue experience.
While Samsung may be playing catch up in some fields, it continues to charge ahead with its smartphone camera tech. Today it's unveiled its new ISOCELL Plus technology, which means sharper and more accurate photos even in challenging light environments. ISOCELL Plus, unsurprisingly, follows on from its first iteration of ISOCELL back in 2013, followed by last year's focus-boosting imaging sensor that could slot neatly into ultra slim phones, and then the 16-megapixel Slim 3P9 launched earlier this year, which also boasted a plug-and-play solution for mobile devices. ISOCELL technology works by creating a physical barrier between pixels, which reduces color crossover and allows each pixel to absorb more light than the typical backside-illuminated image sensors. However, as this barrier is made up of a metal grid, some light can be inadvertently absorbed or reflected.
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Unless your bed is right next to your light switch, you'll understand the struggle of trying to get up in the dark and tripping over everything in the room until you can get the light on. This makes getting up for a midnight snack or to use the bathroom in the middle night a total pain. Thankfully, under the bed motion sensor lights are a thing and a surprisingly simple solution to this issue. These LED strip lights are 3 meters (almost 10 feet) long and have adhesive on the back.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 leaks continue to trickle in and the most recent shows the progression of the device's design development. Shared by tech informant Steve Hemmerstoffer aka @OnLeaks Friday, the leak shows three supposed Galaxy Note 8 front panel prototypes and how its design has changed in just one month. The panel from June 16 is the widest and has three visible sensor holes, in addition to a long and wide speaker grill. The panel from June 27 has less girth but has a thicker upper bezel, five sensor holes, and a thinner speaker grill. According to Hemmerstoffer, the July 14 Galaxy Note 8 panel is closest in design to renders he's created based on schematics leaks for the device.